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Mendon-Upton Placed on the 2nd Annual AP® District Honor Roll

Mendon-Upton Regional School District is one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual AP® Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district's Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. Since 2009, Mendon Upton Regional School District increased the number of students participating in AP from 85 to 134, while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 79 percent in 2009 to 76 percent in 2011. The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams.

"I am extremely excited to receive this honor from the College Board," said John Clements, Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. "Being placed on the Annual AP® Honor Roll is a credit to the hard work of our students and the high-quality instruction of our teachers. We are thrilled that our students are meeting with success as they take on these challenging courses."

Mendon-Upton Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Maruszczak stated, "I am proud of the fine work that the Nipmuc staff and administration have done to increase AP access while also maintaining fine performance. Nothing is better to ensure college and career readiness than the rigorous curriculum that AP coursework provides." He added, "I am very confident that this positive trend will continue at Nipmuc, particularly with our recent involvement in the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative."

The 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada. Pennsylvania led all states with 34 public school districts named to the 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll, followed by Massachusetts and New York, both with 30.

"Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math," said College Board President Gaston Caperton. "The AP Honor Roll districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores."

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.

Inclusion on the 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:

Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;

Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;

A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and;

Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The complete 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at www.collegeboard.org.




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